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  • Basic Ear Cleaning

    11,688 Views - 2 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains and demonstrates how to perform a basic ear cleaning on a dog. 

    2 min 24 sec

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  • Handling Aggressive Dogs

    21,781 Views - 15 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks through restraining an unpredictable dog with a past history of aggression for an IV injection.

    2 min 43 sec

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  • Body Temperature - Canine

    9,207 Views - 1 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to measure body temperature rectally on a dog.

    1 min 10 sec

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  • Respiratory Rate and Effort - Canine

    11,290 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to examine a dog’s respiratory rate and effort, while paying close attention to the specific patient’s mentation, illness, and breed.

    2 min 52 sec

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  • Monitoring Mentation - Canine

    12,658 Views - 2 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), what mentation means, with emphasis on classifying patients as QAR (Quiet/Alert/Responsive), BAR (Bright/Alert/Responsive), and Dull/Depressed.

    1 min 28 sec

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  • Monitoring Mucous Membranes - Canine

    10,424 Views - 1 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to evaluate Mucous Membranes and CRT (Capillary Refill Time) in a dog.

    1 min 54 sec

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  • Heart Rate and Rhythm - Canine

    12,401 Views - 6 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to measure heart rate, rhythm, and pulse quality on a dog.

    2 min 13 sec

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  • Canine Cephalic Vein Blood Collection

    16,050 Views - 2 Comments Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to draw blood from a dog’s cephalic vein.

    1 min 46 sec

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  • Blood Collection Tubes

    14,280 Views - 4 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses various blood collection tubes and what each is used for.

    2 min 32 sec

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  • Canine Jugular Venipuncture

    17,767 Views - 10 Comments Jill Greene, CVT, demonstrates how to draw blood from a dog’s jugular vein. She explains why the circumstances are appropriate for drawing from the jugular instead of a peripheral vein.

    2 min 16 sec

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  • At Dawn They Sleep: Guide to Surviving Overnights

    5,377 Views - 17 Comments As I stated in my previous blog, overnights are hard. Health problems and cancer are very prevalent among overnight workers, sadly, and it's been suggested that if you work overnights you shouldn'...
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  • Why I Like Overnights

    2,844 Views - 4 Comments Do I like overnights? Does anyone like overnights? Maybe a few masochistic vampires out there can truly answer yes but the truth is that working graveyard is tough. It is unnatural and completely soc...
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  • Here's My Problem: Overnight Anticipation

    1,937 Views - 0 Comments I have to work an overnight shift tonight. It’s a mid-week overnight shift, surrounded by days of meetings and office work. My favorite. In my outside-of-work life I LOVE anticipation, but as I force...
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  • Drinks After Work

    2,166 Views - 2 Comments Many shifts leave me feeling like a weary soldier of the ER/ICU, and (more often than not) the Grim Reaper. These times call for a drink. I envy those of you that can meet for so-called "happy hou...
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  • Aftercare Paw Prints

    5,344 Views - 7 Comments Technician Assistant, Cecily Douglas, demonstrates how to make a set of ink paw prints as part of aftercare on deceased patients.

    3 min 16 sec

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  • The Reality of Medical Inventory

    5,588 Views - 5 Comments Many of us have experienced the frustration of dealing with the revolving door of drugs or inventory items that are in short supply, on backorder, or have been discontinued. Within the past two years we'v...
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  • Using Sterilization Pouches

    9,801 Views - 3 Comments Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Sarah Crisp, talks through how to sterilize instruments in single sterilization pouches.

    1 min 54 sec

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  • Cage Aggression

    17,081 Views - 6 Comments Meredith Rose, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to appropriately manage a dog that has severe cage aggression.

    2 min 36 sec

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  • Compassion Fatigue

    12,579 Views - 8 Comments Did you know that caring too much can hurt? When veterinary staff members are exposed to others pain, they can succumb to symptoms associated with the secondary traumatic stress disorder now labeled...
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  • Fractious Cat Restraint

    31,955 Views - 30 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and Technician Assistant, Sarah Crisp, wrangle Max, a very grumpy cat who is in the ER for an exam and diagnostics. Megan gives some tips on handling aggressive and fractio...

    4 min 14 sec

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  • Use of a 3-Way Stopcock

    10,170 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), uses water and food coloring to demonstrate how to properly use a 3-way stopcock.

    1 min 35 sec

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  • Open and Hand Off a Sterile Pack

    11,613 Views - 8 Comments Surgery assistant, Sarah Crisp, explains step-by-step how to open and hand off a sterile pack.

    1 min 46 sec

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  • Wrapping Sterile Packs

    16,943 Views - 14 Comments Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Sarah Crisp, explains step-by-step how to wrap a surgical pack for steam sterilization.

    6 min

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  • Decreasing IV Catheter Problems

    47,174 Views - 20 Comments Placing peripheral catheters is something technicians do everyday. With this article I hope I can give you some new techniques on placing them aseptically which will help them run trouble free. These are...
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  • Blood Draw Lateral Saphenous

    23,707 Views - 8 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through obtaining a blood sample from the lateral saphenous vein in a dog. The lateral saphenous vein in dogs is an ideal spot for quick blood draws....

    2 min 5 sec

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  • Scrubbing In

    13,018 Views - 4 Comments Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, walks through proper technique for a surgical scrub, gowning and sterile closed gloving technique. This is a great review for staff members who infrequently scrub in for surgical...

    15 min 52 sec

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  • Suture Basics

    10,482 Views - 5 Comments In this brief video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to decipher suture size and material.

    2 min 1 sec

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  • Directional Terms

    11,108 Views - 9 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), summarizes the most common directional terms used in medical terminology.

    1 min 50 sec

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  • Thoracic Radiographs

    13,366 Views - 4 Comments Proper positioning is key to obtaining diagnostic radiographs. In this video, Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), reviews proper thoracic radiograph positioning and safety.

    5 min 30 sec

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  • Blood Glucose via Ear Stick

    8,304 Views - 8 Comments Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, reviews blood glucose sampling using the ear stick method. This is beneficial for glucose curves in the hospital and for teaching owners to monitor their pet’s glucose levels at...

    3 min

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  • PCV/TS Reading

    14,438 Views - 14 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses measuring a packed cell volume and total solids is fast, inexpensive, and provides a great deal of information. Every staff member should be comfortable performin...

    3 min

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  • Lateral Saphenous Injection: Canine

    8,631 Views - 2 Comments In this video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows you how to utilize the lateral saphenous vein in a dog to give an injection, in order to preserve cephalic veins for IV catheters.

    1 min 4 sec

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  • MRSA/MRSI – Should You Be Alarmed?

    15,041 Views - 4 Comments I knew it was only a matter of time before the worry and fear of drug resistant infections jumped from the world of human medicine to our utopia of veterinary medicine. Veterinary Medicine: where we don’t...
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